Hello Kitty turns 40 and stars in museum exhibition

Thursday, June 12th, 2014. Filed under: Art Beauty & Style Destinations Entertainment Home & Garden
Hello Kitty turns 40 ©PR Newswire

Hello Kitty turns 40
©PR Newswire

(Relaxnews) – Iconic Japanese cartoon cat Hello Kitty is set to star in her very first fan convention as well as an extensive museum exhibition in the US to celebrate her 40th birthday.

Featuring unique collaborations and limited edition commemorative products, ‘Hello Kitty Con 2014 – The Fan Convention’ in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, will provide an overview of the character over the decades.

Launched in partnership with retail chain Target, the convention will include a Hello Kitty vintage shop selling rare collectibles from the past in addition to a tattoo shop, art installations and a series of workshops and panel discussions.

A limited edition series of products, which will be available in Target stores from September 14, will also be on display.

In addition to the convention, the beloved cat character will also feature in a museum exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum in LA from this October.

“Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” will provide a retrospective of 40 years of product design and explore its influence on bridging Japanese and American cultures in the US.

In association with Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday, which officially takes place on November 1 of this year, parent company Sanrio will also release a variety of limited edition collectibles throughout the year, with partners including the NFL, Vans, Swarovski and McDonald’s.

“Hello Kitty Con 2014 – The Fan Convention” will run October 30 – November 2 and”Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” will run October 11, 2014 – April 26 2015.

Further details and updates on Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary celebrations can be found at www.sanrio.com

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